HOW TO CHOOSE A POWER WHEELCHAIR

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Power chairs or electric wheelchairs are also known as power wheelchairs and these have been manufactured for people who are able to walk only a short distance and for those who are not able to walk at all. This device helps people to be independent within their own home, retirement home or nursing home environment and also venture outside. It is operated by two motors to power the main drive wheels and can be driven by the user via a joystick control.

Although a license is not required to ride a power wheelchair, getting professional advice from your doctor or healthcare professional with regard to the safety of driving one is recommended.

When the necessity arises to purchase a power wheelchair, there are many aspects to be considered. Independent Living Specialists has a wide range of well-known products in all their stores Australia wide. Although there are various types of wheelchairs on the market ILS does its best to choose the correct power wheelchair to match your body type, lifestyle and budget.

How to Choose

The first thing to consider when choosing a power wheelchair is whether it is within .your budget. Thereafter check whether the seat fits you, legs are comfortable and the right weight capacity to fit your size. Consider the landscape of the area where you are living and if so, be sure if the power chair has sufficient weight capacity to be used on if it is a hilly area.

Consider how long you intend to use the chair daily and if you need to use it every day, ensure it can handle regular use over a long period of time.

Ensure your hand is strong enough to operate the device and also ascertain if it is easy to use a joystick or another control system.

Rear Wheel Drive Power Wheelchair

Travel Lite Folding Power Chair

The Travel lite electric folding power wheelchair is a lightweight, easy folding mobility solution that will guarantee a comfortable ride

 

 

This chair has its drive wheels at the rear with castors in the front. It’s very strong and ideal for active people. It is quite suitable for outdoor areas and drives smoothly at high speed outdoors.

Mid Wheel Drive Power Wheelchairs

The Cougar PowerLift is also equipped with smooth motors, comfortable seating and mid wheel maneuverability which provides users a secure and comfortable ride.

The Cougar PowerLift is also equipped with smooth motors, comfortable seating and mid wheel maneuverability which provides users a secure and comfortable ride.

These power chairs have its drive wheel in the centre. It has an extraordinary tight turning circle and easy to manoeuver which makes it ideal for indoor use. The front and rear castors support a stable outdoor drive.

Front Wheel Drive Power Wheelchairs

 

The Titan Powerchair is perfect for users on the go as it can be disassembled, without tools, and loaded easily into a car for easy transportation. Its ultra-manoeuvrable and compact size makes it ideal for around the home and in busy shopping centres.

The Titan Powerchair is perfect for users on the go as it can be disassembled, without tools, and loaded easily into a car for easy transportation. Its ultra-manoeuvrable and compact size makes it ideal for around the home and in busy shopping centres.

Due to drive wheels in the front, these power chairs can drive over terrain and obstacles such as bumpy turfs. It is powerful and very strong especially when driven on an uneven outdoor ground. Since there are no castors in the front there is more space for positioning the foot.

Social and Health Benefits

Social and health benefits are manifold. Being seen on a sophisticated device of this nature will definitely boost your ego and the enthusiasm of making best use to gain your independence will help you to enhance your lifestyle and help improve your health to your utmost happiness.

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MOBILITY SUSTENANCE WITH INDEPENDENT LIVING SPECIALISTS

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Senior citizens of this era are enjoying life in comparison to their predecessors. Many elders over the age of 65 are now leading a more active life than their parents. Considering this current flow, it is apparent that mobility plays an important role among the aged population.

Eventually, most seniors in their 70s and 80s are bound to develop various types of disabilities or chronic medical conditions that will hinder their ability to stay active and mobile. Luckily, due to the advancement in the manufacture of mobility aids, various kinds of products are available to assist the elderly to live an independent and active life. Further, many resources from websites to funding programs are now helping the aged population towards a more fulfilling life.

Canes

A cane is one the most prominently used equipment that provides assistance. It can bear 25% of a person’s weight and prevent a patient from falling. Independent Living Specialists have a wide range of canes in their stores Australia wide.

Single-point cane and quad canes are the two types available and a single point cane gives the required support to walk and is ideal for those who are experiencing a slight imbalance, poor stamina or weakness in muscles.The quad cane has four points that contact the ground and is considered to be more durable than a single point cane. It is beneficial for those suffering from muscle weakness which may have occurred due to a stroke or brain injury.

Single point cane products

Wooden walking stick with crook handle priced $19.99. Heavy duty offset cane priced $79.99 and Cobra cane walking stick priced $45.99 are some of the popular single point cane products available at ILS stores.

Quad Cane products

Walking stick quad cane with small base priced $ 65.99, Walking stick quad cane with large base priced $55.99 and Argo quad cane priced $95.99 are some of the fast moving cane products available at ILS stores.

Walking Stick - Quad Cane

Walkers

The elderly and those with limited mobility worldwide rely greatly on walkers for their mobility needs. Manufacture of the walker has productively changed over the years. This was initially designed as a temporary equipment to rehabilitate but currently, it has been modified to be used at homes with additional features such as wheels, brakes, seats including convenient accessories like walker bags, trays, and detachable baskets.

Seat walker rollator with four wheels priced $99.99, Auscare seat walker with basket priced $165.99 and travel lite portable outdoor seat walker priced $249.99 are some of the popular walkers available at ILS stores.

Seat Walker with Basket

Featuring a curved padded backrest for comfort and a cushioned seat, which lifts to allow access to the handy shopping basket. Six inch wheels for a small turning circle allowing ease of use for both indoors and outdoors.

Scooters

A scooter is a three-wheeled mobility device which is gaining popularity among the elderly. It is ideal for those who are able to walk short distances but need assistance for long distances. Almost all scooters have rear wheel drive and front wheel steering. Although this device was discovered a long time back, it is believed to have withstood many major improvements. Current technology has played a major role in the most important changes like battery power which recharges speedily. Other special changes are power seats, flip back arms, adjustable bases, and gear drive systems.

Envoy 4 plus mobility scooter priced $2095.99, Scout portable scooter priced $1245.99 and Scout sport Quattro mobility scooter with all round suspension priced $1399.99 are some of the popular brands available at ILS stores.

The Scout sport quattro Mobility Scooter features deluxe cushioned seating with stitching and contoured wide armrests for a more relaxed ride, and in addition to its comfort, it provides the next generation Drive splitting mechanism for easy storage and transportation

The Scout sport quattro Mobility Scooter features deluxe cushioned seating with stitching and contoured wide armrests for a more relaxed ride, and in addition to its comfort, it provides the next generation Drive splitting mechanism for easy storage and transportation